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1 Michigan Team Nutrition’s Smarter Lunchroom Story NICK DRZAL, MPH, RDN DIRECTOR, MICHIGAN TEAM NUTRITION 1

2 Agenda  Brief history  Strategy  Impact  Lessons learned 2 Picture from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, Michigan

3 End in Mind  “I am excited about the things that are happening in the lunchroom... We have put the fruit in 2 places now and are offering fresh fruit everyday to our older students. Just today I gave out stickers for eating carrots to kids that refused to eat them before - just so they could get the sticker.. :)”  TuscolaISD 10/ Pictures from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, Michigan

4 Brief History  2012 Team Nutrition grant.  Social Learning Theory  To encourage SL adoption:  Observe others modeling the SL behavior.  Be provided opportunities to imitate others behavior 4 Student Sticker

5 Objectives 5 Obj 1. Get the word Out 4 regional Trainings (~400) School Meals Training (~50) SNA Michigan Annual Conference (~300) Obj 2. Train 50 Schools to implement Obj 3. Use Social Media to Create Peer to Peer Network – Share Success Stories – Encourage Smarter Lunchroom Adoption $1000 Action Plan Submit success story Technical Assistance

6 Obj 1: Getting the Word Out  Partner with Michigan Consortias and Cornell BEN Center to conduct 4 regional trainings targeting child nutrition professionals.  Pre-purchased smarter lunchroom cards worth $40 codes sent via .  Participants asked to complete a Smarter Lunchroom Action Plan  Partner with SNA Michigan (SNAM) to promote smarter lunchroom strategies at the annual conference. 6

7 Obj 1: Getting the Word Out Outcomes:  405 trained (4 regional trainings plus 1 school meals training).  Trained in day long smarter lunchroom training provided by Cornell BEN Center.  405 $40 smarter lunchroom coupons issued.  76 $40 coupons redeemed.  ~50 trained at a school meal summer conference.  ~300 trained through SNA Michigan conference.  One of 15 states where smarter lunchroom awareness ranged between 20-50%. (Cornell Ben Center Research) 7

8 Obj 1: Getting the Word Out Post Survey Feedback from Regional Trainings:  Participants  Enjoyed the Smarter Lunchroom Movement materials. (http://smarterlunchrooms.org/training-materials)http://smarterlunchrooms.org/training-materials  Felt inspired to try new strategies in their lunchrooms to help students make healthier choices.  Enjoyed the speakers from the BEN Center.  Appreciated the printed materials; being able to network; and spend time with their peers. 8

9 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools  50 schools required to:  Attend day long training  Submit SL Action Plan.  Submit SL Success stories.  Submit HUSSC Application.  Received $1000 coupon to create unique SL materials. 9 Picture from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, Michigan

10 Sample Action Plan 10  Goal #1: Increase amount of fruit & veggies students take and consume  Step 1- Conduct waste study.  Step 2- model the behavior from people they know and identify with- their teachers and peers.  Fruit & veggie naming contest.  Fruit/veggie campaign.  Ask broadcasting clubs/21 st century media classes to take pictures/video of kids eating fruits and veggies during lunch.

11 Sample Action Plan 11 South Haven Breakfast Kiosk Using SL Techniques

12 Sample Action Plan 12 Picture of Warren Consolidated Schools SL Techniques

13 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 13  Results from Mini-grant Post Survey:  Felt “very” confident in applying the Smarter Lunchroom strategies (SL), and “very” likely to use SL training daily work.  Most common “greatest success” included: improved accessibility and promotion/awareness of healthier options, increased variety of fruit options, and increased meal participation.

14 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 14  Most common barriers to implementation of SL strategies are space/set-up issues, time, and administrative or staff resistance.  Best Advice to Colleagues. It’s easier than you think to make small changes and those small changes can make a big impact, try new and different ideas, ask for help, and keep trying. One participant noted that, “Presentation of the food is everything,” and another said, “[The strategies] increase nutritious choices at no or little cost.”

15 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 15  Grantees received $1000 Smarter Lunchroom coupon.  Unique signage, clings, menu boards, posters specific to school building mascot and colors, floor stickers,

16 Toolkit  Cover page  Assessment  Join TN Handout  Share Your Success Handout  Dry Erase Menu Board  Express Lane Poster  Set of 20 clings to place on salad bar and service line

17 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 17

18 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 18 Click here to view SL materials: *ask for shipping cost quote prior to purchasing.http://smarterlunchrooms.org/resource/alphagraphics-products

19 Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools 19

20 Success Stories & Social Media  24,000 views,  92 subscribers  ~1600 likes.  ~2000 followers. 20 Identify practices and skills we want replicated. Conduct Training on SL Techniques to Increase personal knowledge and skills. Trainings Mini-grant training and TA Promote Youtube

21 Success Stories & Social Media 21  https://www.youtube.com/user/miteamnutrition1  Google “ Michigan Team Nutrition Youtube”  Click on “Smarter Lunchroom Moves”

22 Fruit Front-and-Center Drives Sales Whitehall District Schools, Michigan  Rather than forcing students to purchase fruit signage and placement are used to nudge.  Fruit is displayed in an attractive manner.  Fruit is placed in multiple locations.  Signage reinforce the benefits of eating fruit.  Servers encourage students to choose fruit.  View it on Youtube at:  _L_e3dbWhn4 _L_e3dbWhn4

23 Display a Sample Meal to Boost Service and Customer Satisfaction Plymouth/Canton Community Schools, Michigan  To help students choose a well-rounded meal, sample plates are used.  At a glance, hungry students can see what’s available and decide quickly and easily what they want to eat.  View it on Youtube at:  zCYp6YjcKlv2MYaYMg zCYp6YjcKlv2MYaYMg

24 Join The Conversation 24 https://www.youtube.com/user/miteamnutrition1 https://twitter.com/teamnutritionmi https://www.facebook.com/MichiganTeamNutrition Pictures: Top - Unknown; Bottom - Waterford Public Schools


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